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SLAVE CULTURE
&
AFRICAN AMERICANS
DURING THE ANTEBELLUM
PERIOD
SLAVE CULTURE
HMMMM……….
Considering the
conditions in which the
slaves were
under…..what do YOU
think helped them get
through from day to
day?
RELIGION

RELIGION
The African
slaves were very
spiritual &
religious people
who continued to
believe that God
would hear their
prayers.
RELIGION
Slave-owners
forced the Africans
to become
Christians and to
abandon their old
African religions
(including Islam).
SLAVE MASTERS FORBID
ISLAM
RELIGION
Although the slaveowners desired for the
slaves to become
Christians……they
would NOT allow
Blacks into their allwhite churches.
RELIGION
Slaves instead held
their OWN church
services and continued
to pray that things
would become better.
RELIGION
The Black slaves
worshipped under their
created denomination
of Christianity called
African
Methodist
Episcopal
AME FOUNDER- RICHARD
ALLEN
AME
A.M.E. churches are
predominately black
churches that serve
the spiritual as well
as social needs for
African Americans.
EXTRA CREDIT !!!!!!!
LET’S MEET UP TO
WORSHIP AND
FELLOWSHIP
TOGETHER.
THIS SUNDAY…AT AN
AME CHURCH !
SPIRITUALS
SPIRITUALS
Slaves often sang
religious songs that
while working, in the
fields:
1.
2.
To provide comfort
Give hidden
messages on how to
escape
SPIRITUALS
Amazing Grace is
probably the most
popular slave spiritual
ever.
Amazing Grace speaks
of comfort and ease in
the time of despair
Listen and enjoy
Youtube video: Amazing grace-Yolanda
Adams
SPIRITUALS

There are other slave spirituals such as:
1. Wade in the Water:
2. Follow the Drinking Gourd
3. Let my People Go
DRUMMING
DRUMMING
The slaves used
drums for
celebrations
and
communicating
secret messages.
DRUMMING
THE AFRICAN DRUM
IS CALLED A
DJEMBE
DRUMS
MANY slave owners
BANNED the use of
drums on their
plantations.
DRUMMING
But the love of
drumming has
never left the souls
of Black people.
Even to THIS day!
DRUMMING
HAVE YOU EVER NOTICED WHAT THE
MOST POPULAR SECTION OF A
PREDOMINATELY BLACK BANDS IS…..
DRUMMING
HAVE YOU EVER NOTICED THE
EXPRESSION OF A BLACK KID
WHEN THEY HEAR THE BEAT OF
THEIR FAVORITE RAP SONG?
YOUTUBE CLIP:
African Djembe Drummers in Paris Metro
[HD]
DRUMMING
Question:
“Why do so many
Black people love
drums and beats
so much?”
Answer:
It’s in their nature.
THINK ABOUT THIS!!
You can take the
African out of Africa:
but
you can’t take Africa out
of the African.
LANGUAGES
LANGUAGE
Slaves created
languages to
keep the slave
masters from
understanding
what they were
saying.
LANGUAGES
The secret languages that were
created by the slaves are STILL
SPOKEN TODAY by Black
people throughout the WORLD.
GULLAH (aka Geechie)
Originated in
South Carolina
and is a mixture
of
African languages
and
English.
_______________
Listen to Gullah speaker
Watch youtube clip of :
“Origins of African-American English”
CREOLE

A mixture of either:
English and French
or
English and Spanish
Listen to Creole speakers
Youtube clips:
1.“Andre’s old aunty speaks in Hatian Creole”
&
2. Interview Wyclef en Creole
PATOIS
pronounced: pat-wah
____________________
Broken, “nonStandard” English
that was created by
slaves so that the
slave-masters could
not understand them
talking.
Listen to patois speaker
Youtube clip:
1. FUNNY JAMAICAN WOMEN INTERVIEW
IMPORTANT !!!!

Some people look down upon those who
speak Gullah, Creole and Patois. They feel
as though these speakers are uneducated
because they are not using one main
language in its standard form.
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Sort of like African Americans and Ebonics.
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